Pay parity is being discussed widely across industries today and Bollywood is also one of them. We had heard that actress Deepika Padukone was paid more than her male co-stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in Padmaavat and recently, at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival's Movie Mela event, director Karan Johar discussed about the same, relating to his film Takht. The director was in conversation with actors Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor Khan, who are a part of his film. MAMI Movie Mela 2019: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar Look Stylish at the Film Festival (View Pics).
At the event, Kareena was first asked if she has ever walked out of a film for being paid less. Responding to the same, Kareena said, "There were probably different reasons of walking out of films, but not because of this particular reason. I'd love to get paid as much as my male co-stars though"
The actress was then further prodded to reveal if she was paid less than Akshay Kumar in Good Newwz and Karena smartly pointed this question to Karan who is the producer of the film. The filmmaker though promptly said, "It was addressed to Alia and you, not me."
Although soon, the same discussion on pay parity reached Takht when a reporter asked him about the pay gap between the male and female actors in the film. Responding to this, Karan said, "There is a larger understanding of the economics of movies that sometimes is lesser known by people who don't understand the business and how it functions. Many times, people make sweeping statements about it. I'm the first person who'll always want to pay what is completely right and justified and valid. I've always done it. But I feel there's a larger understanding of the budget versus the verticals that you sell on digital and satellite that are driven by different data." Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star: Deepika Padukone’s Next Film Is a Dark-Romantic Genre (Watch Video).
"There are many women who deserve much more money than the men and there are men who have earned that because of their talent and just the work they have put in. So, it's very subjective and cannot be just put into one strong slot. While I'm all about equality, there are larger optics to look at where we have to", he further added.
Well, we have to say Karan dodged that one quite well without really with what I'm getting paid and the god has been great."